Browsing Archive August, 2010

Massive Audio N2 Nano Car Amplifiers

Massive Audio N2 Nano Block Series Monoblock Amplifier

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

Getting the most power out of the smallest chassis is all the rage right now in the car audio industry.  Manufacturers from across the world are competing to create the smallest amplifier that is capable of producing the most power.  Luckily, the advanced Class D technology has made it possible for this smaller design.  If you have been following the blog, you will have recently read about the Kenwood XR-5S. It was a five-channel amplifier encased in an extremely small chassis and incredible power ratings.  Other compact amplifiers include the Kicker IX amplifiers and the Alpine PDX amplifiers.  While the manufacturers of these amplifiers are big names in the car audio industry, there are some smaller companies engineering some extremely efficient, powerful, and compact amplifiers.  One of these companies is Massive Audio.

Massive Audio has developed a reputation for creating car amplifiers with high output and a smaller chassis, especially in their latest N2 Nano series of amps.  Consider the Massive Audio N2 monoblock amplifier.  It is a 1600 watt amplifier that measures only 7-1/4″ L x 5-1/2″ W x 2-1/8″ H.  That is an incredibly small amplifier chassis for the amount of power that it outputs.  Despite the compact size, this subwoofer amplifier is perfect for powering the subwoofers that require a lot of power.  Subwoofers like the Kicker Solo-Baric L7, Rockford Fosgate T1 Power, MTX Audio Thunder Square 8500, or the Kicker CVX will match perfectly to this N2 car amplifier when wired to 1 ohm.  Even with the high output that comes with the installation of this amp, it does not stress out your vehicles existing electrical system.  Due to the tiny size, it becomes the ideal subwoofer for mounting under seats, in glove boxes, in center consoles, of in other areas that are lacking in space.  Not only will this amp save on space, but it will also provide high power output to your components.

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The Big 3 Upgrade

By Kyle D. – Product Specialist

Let’s be frank for a minute, the factory wiring in your vehicle is simply not designed to handle the high current demand of aftermarket car audio systems. Stock wiring can handle a maximum of 600 to 1000 watt system depending on your vehicle make and model. While a basic sound system with an amplifier or two of low current draw tends to work on most vehicles, it’s when you start to turn up the volume or use higher output amplifiers that you see the effects. Dimming headlights and drops in voltage are common signs that you need to make the upgrade. The big 3 upgrade is used to make sure the power you need is getting to everything in your vehicle without additional resistance.  So what is the “Big 3”?

Upgrading the alternator wire to the battery, the negative battery cable to vehicle ground, and engine ground to chassis is considered the “Big 3” upgrade. To complete the upgrade you can either replace your factory wiring or simply run thicker cable alongside it, the choice is yours. Most big 3 upgrades are completed using 1/0 gauge wire for the best possible current transfer, if you’re unsure about what gauge wire to use, always go larger. With your factory wires replaced you might notice a sense of freshness to your vehicle. It may crank less before the engine turns over, you will get better system charging as well as little to no voltage drop. If your lights dimmed before they will dim less or stop dimming all together because of the increased current your electrical system will receive. The big 3 upgrade is a big solution!

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